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Dietes grandiflora

   (Family: Iridaceae)
Afrikaans: Groot Wilde-Iris English: Large Wild Iris, Fairy Iris  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Shrub
Height: 1.5m
Special properties:
  Drought Resistant (heavy)
  Frost Tolerant (heavy)
Rarity Status:
Preferred rainfall: Summer
Preferred position:
Full Sun
Flowering time EDIT
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Flower colours
  Bees and other pollinators
  Flower info
  The attractive flowers are large (about 100mm across) and are white with yellow nectar guides and outer tepals and violet central segments. The flowers are held on erect, slender stems which are about 1m in length.
Leaf margin
Leaf size 01000mm
  Leaf info EDIT
  The long, rigid, sword-shaped leaves are held in a fan shape. The leaves are dark green and may reach up to 1m long and 15-20mm wide.
Fruit type EDIT
Fruit colour
Fruit size Length: 45mm   
Seed colour
  Seed info EDIT
  Fruit is a large capsule up to 45mm which is held erect and splits open to release shiny, dark brown seeds
Description EDIT
A perennial, evergreen plant which grows up to 1.5m in large clumps.
Growing EDIT
This is a popular, easy-to-grow garden plant which will grow under most conditions. The plants are both frost and drought hardy and will grow in either sun or shade. However, for best results and most flowers, plant Dietes grandiflora in full sun or light shade in well composted, well drained soil and water well in summer.

The large wild iris is easy to propagate from seed sown in spring or by dividing large clumps which spread by means of rhizomes. They multiply rapidly and are soon ready to be split again.
Distribution EDIT
It grows naturally along the eastern coastal areas of the southern Cape, Eastern Cape and southern Kwazulu-Natal.
History EDIT
The name Dietes means "having two relatives" and refers to the relationship between this genus and Moraea and Iris. Grandiflora means "large flower".
Commonly grown in gardens and used in large landscapes throughout the country.
It has become a popular landscaping plant due to its reliability and hardiness and is often found in parking areas at shopping centres, schools etc.
Ecology EDIT
The flowers attract lots of bees and other pollinators.
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